AN, I'm sure you're all aware of these folk, but I thought I'd repost this here anyway, if for the latest on them if nothing else. Please visit me at Good Reason News if you get the chance. Thanks.
There's some talk in atheist circles that the bible, taken to it's logical conclusions, would result in more groups like the Westboro Baptist Church. These loonies, despite their somewhat innocent sounding name, are the ones you always hear about protesting solider funerals, and holding signs making declarations about what their god hates. I hate to be put in this position, but I think I have to disagree. There is probably an argument to be made that the logical conclusion is that the god of some parts of the Christian bible is an outrageously angry, spiteful and loathsome creature. But I'm unconvinced as to how this translates to a call to action.
I think there's something much deeper going on here:
Voltaire said, in case this image is gone, Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. And that's just what the Kansas based hate group wants. They're more like the natural development of a number of hate groups. Sort of a modern day KKK, who just happened to hide like cowards behind the shield of a god. And not just any god, but a god used to justify the hatred they had been taught since childhood. It's easy to be angry, but being angry with the followers of this church is like laughing at a 300 lb. man with skinny legs.
It might seem sort of OK, but when you think about it, you really have to pity them. I wish I could help them escape what must be an endless stream of hateful rage.
But, of course, there are Christians out there who will say something like "well, i don't agree with them, but they have the right to express their religious views." Look, when your hate group is disguised as a religious group that boarders on terrorism and clearly abuses children, you're rights trample everyone else's rights and should therefore be void.
Is the church leader Fred Phelps a terrorist, a cult leader, a hate monger, a child abuser, an attention whore? Of course, that's not even debatable.
Is he a 'true Christian?' Probably not according to anyone's standards, but it doesn't matter. Phelps brings the corrupt nature of the religion to the extreme, which is exactly what I think most in the atheist movement are trying to combat. If only our legal representatives would grow some balls and treat this hate group like it ought to be treated, as a terrorist organization who worship hatred. Just as dangerous as al-Qaida in their ideology.